Not easy to draw legislative districts
September 23, 2021
The math is simple. Take the 2020 Census for Alaska and divide by 40, so that each state House district represents the same number of residents - 18,335.
But then nothing beyond the math is easy.
It's impossible to carve up the state into 40 districts of exactly the same population. A battle ensues every 10 years over where the lines should be drawn for legislative seats, taking into account areas of population growth and population shrinkage.
The job of the Alaska Redistricting Board is to follow the constitutional requirement, which is to come as close as possible on population numbers wh...